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Special Collections Research Center displays rich history of African American intellect

The University of Chicago Chronicle reports that the Special Collections Research Center is presenting a new exhibit at the Regenstein Library: “Integrating the Life of the Mind: African Americans at the University of Chicago, 1870–1940.” The article quotes Danielle Allen, curator of the exhibit:

“We all know something about how this nation’s public schools were integrated. From Brown vs. Board of Education to the searing images from Little Rock, Ark. in 1957 and Boston in the 1970s, we follow a trail of icons to tell the tale. What about higher education? African Americans, who often held advanced degrees, led the anti-lynching campaigns of the early 20th century and later legal battles over housing and education. When and how were the nation’s research universities and professional schools integrated? When and how, specifically, was the University of Chicago integrated?”

“Integrating the Life of the Mind” will be on display at the Joseph Regenstein Library until February 27, 2009. For more information, read the full Chronicle article here.

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